How to Take Control of a Party Gone Wild

By Brittany Loeffler on August 8, 2017

Part of the culture of going to college is also going to college parties. We’ve all seen the crazy college parties portrayed in movies and television shows such as Project X and Neighbors. These portrayals may be exaggerations of what a college party actually is, but it isn’t uncommon for a party to get out of hand.

As a partygoer, you may not think about the consequences of stealing a roll of toilet paper from the bathroom or having one of your friends punch a hole in the wall. To your hosts, though, it can truly ruin their night. If you choose to be the host of your college friends and friends of friends, it’s important to know what can go wrong, what precautions need to be taken, and how to handle a party gone wild.

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What can go wrong?

Oh, so many things can go wrong when a bunch of underage college students gather in an unsupervised house with access to alcohol and who knows what else. It can be as simple as someone stealing your leftovers out of the fridge and taking the liberty to heat them up and munch in the middle of your party to having a fight break out.

It isn’t uncommon that the reason a party gets out of hand is that there are too many people. It’s hard to keep track of who comes into your house, especially if you are enjoying the party too. Your guests can get too drunk off of that delicious jungle juice you were begging everyone to try when they walked through the door. There are a number of things that can go wrong during a college party, but there are some precautions that you can take before the party starts.

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Start by telling your friends that they can bring their friends if they ask permission first. Of course, not everyone will comply, but most of them will. This will help to give you an idea of how many people you should be expecting and how many you can prep your house for.

Lock all of your doors and put your valuables in your room or out of the house. If you feel that your computer or any other valuables you have are still not safe being locked in your room, ask a friend to store it for you in their apartment. Block off areas you would like to be restricted, such as the upstairs part of the house. You can do this by putting chairs or furniture near the entrance of the restricted area.

Rearrange furniture in the common area to create a large open space. You don’t want your guests to stumble and climb around furniture that is in the way. Push all furniture against the wall to make the space.

Have a doorman

It won’t be as luxurious as it sounds. Have a trusted friend or one of your fellow hosts stationed near the door to see who comes in. You don’t want strangers walking into your house without you knowing. It’s not uncommon for college students to see a group of people walk into a house and follow in after them.

If the doorman doesn’t recognize someone about to come in, have them question who they know at the party and ask for them to text or call them.

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Hide the booze

If that jungle juice you spent all day making has been hitting your guests just a little too hard, don’t be afraid to take it away. You don’t want to have to deal with messes or partygoers getting sick throughout your house because they can’t handle their alcohol. If anyone asks what happened, it’s okay to lie and say that the booze is gone. This is another way to get the partygoers to leave.

Kick people out

If it gets to be too much for you as a party host, don’t be afraid to kick people out and end the party early. It’s not worth it to endure a wild party if you feel uncomfortable or nervous. Nobody will blame you.

The best way to get people out of your house quickly is to turn on all of the lights and turn off the music. There may be some protests from your guests, but they will leave eventually. It’s your party and if you want it to end, that’s perfectly fine.

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Call the cops

If your party has really gotten out of hand and you don’t think that you and your friends can take control of the situation, don’t be afraid to call the cops. They just want everyone to get home safely. You will be on the same page.

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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